Not yet end of The Road

August 28, 2017

Minor premiership in hand: Charlotte Long's Moama finished on top of the table by much more than their fingertips with yet another win on Saturday.

Energetic Emily: Moama mid-courter Emily Taverna looks for her next option.

After losing the first five games of the Murray Netball League season, Sam Gill’s Congupna will taste finals action.

The incredible resurrection means The Road will take on Echuca United in their first final since 2009 next week.

‘‘Even though it has been on the cards for a little while, it’s just a shock and a nice surprise to confirm our spot,’’ Gill said.

‘‘It shows that what we’ve been working on has actually been working and it’s led to a finals spot.

‘‘And after the start we had, who would’ve thought we’d be here now.’’

Heading into Saturday’s clash against Barooga, The Road simply needed victory to put themselves in the box seat, but much like their season the match did not start well.

‘‘Before the game I told the girls that this was it, we don’t get the opportunity to play finals again without another whole season of training and playing,’’ Gill said.

‘‘We started erratically with a bit of nerves and were down by one goal at half-time, but after that we kicked it up a notch and Barooga weren’t able to match our intensity.

‘‘The feeling after the game was amazing, we couldn’t wipe the smiles off of our faces.’’

Rhylee Merkesteyn and Leticia Keady stood out for the home side, which has nothing to lose in finals.

‘‘We’re really happy just to have made it, our growth has been massive, but we don’t want to stop there,’’ Gill said.

‘‘Finals are a different game and anything can happen, so we just have to play our best netball and take it as far as we can and I’ll be happy with that.’’

The Eagles moved into third spot on the table with a strong 12-goal win over Numurkah, their fifth victory in a row to finish the regular season with plenty of momentum.

Renee Judd’s Blues have to be content with fourth place and a date with Deniliquin in an elimination final after the Rams defeated Cobram 45-37.

Tongala did exactly what it needed to do to secure a double chance and weekend of rest with a 93-16 thrashing of Rumbalara, with the home team resigned to finishing the year without a premiership point.

In other matches, Moama took a 58-30 win against Nathalia and Finley beat Mulwala 54-33 to miss a finals berth by just half a game.

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